Natalie Portman trained in the art of Ballet for a year before taking on her role in David Aronofsky’s critically lauded film Black Swan and her hard work paid off with Portman taking home her first Academy Award at Sunday nights awards ceremony.
In the movie Portman played troubled ballerina Nina Sayers and during her speech she had this to say:
“I truly, sincerely, wish the prize was to get to work with my fellow nominees. I’m so in awe of all of you.”
Portman was up against some tough competition including Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right, Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole, Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine and Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone.
Portman also thanked Benjamin Millepied, her fiance whom she is about to have a baby with. Millepied was her “Swan” choreographer who she worked with to prepare for the role before falling in love with him and eventually becoming pregnant and engaged.
Here’s Natalie Portman giving her full Oscar 2011 acceptance speech: